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Rishard Matthews | Wide Receiver | #18

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (227) / MIA
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Titan Insider's Terry McCormick considers Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe to be Tennessee's starters in two-receiver sets to begin training camp.
Kendall Wright will man the slot, a position that comes off the field in packages that use two tight ends or a fullback. As for Dorial Green-Beckham, McCormick says that by running him with the backups, the "Titans are showing that the spot won’t just be handed to DGB on talent alone." It would be classic Titans for this team to start Tajae Sharpe over Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright. Jul 14 - 9:12 PM

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Rishard Matthews has been getting most of the first-team reps at outside receiver.

Rookie Tajae Sharpe has been playing opposite Matthews, with Kendall Wright in the slot. The Titans gave Matthews a three-year deal this offseason, but there aren’t any guaranteed roles going into training camp. Dorial Green-Beckham remains a strong candidate for one of the starting spots.
Jun 17 - 6:04 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said newly-signed Rishard Matthews will be the "Z" receiver.

Sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham should be the "X" with Kendall Wright playing inside in the Titans' "exotic smashmouth" scheme. Matthews was a playmaker for the Dolphins last season, scoring four times and gaining 662 yards on 43 receptions. He is a massive upgrade over Harry Douglas.
Mar 10 - 11:58 AM

Titans agreed to terms with WR Rishard Matthews on a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal includes $2.5 million guaranteed. He chose the Titans over the Patriots, almost certainly because Tennessee offered more money. Matthews, 26, caught 43 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Dolphins last year, showing playmaking ability in the short and intermediate range. He is adept after the catch and has strong hands. In Tennessee, Matthews should provide a big upgrade on Harry Douglas in three-receiver sets alongside Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright. With Matthews, DeMarco Murray, and C Ben Jones added so far, the Titans' offense has a chance to take a big step forward in Marcus Mariota's second year.
Mar 9 - 9:41 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports the Patriots are "optimistic" they will sign free agent WR Rishard Matthews.

Matthews is also getting a look from Tennessee, but the Patriots offer a better chance to win and perhaps a clearer path to targets. If the money is right, Matthews should end up in New England. Matthews caught 43 passes for 662 yards and four scores in 11 games with the Dolphins last season.
Mar 9 - 8:31 PM

Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports the Patriots have shown interest in free agent Rishard Matthews.

Matthews has been connected to both New England and Tennessee in the past two days. Teams that whiffed on Marvin Jones (Lions) should be taking a long look at Matthews, who plays a similar game and is coming off a strong season in Miami, before it was cut short by five games due to fractured ribs.
Source: Doug Kyed
Mar 9 - 1:43 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky "believe(s)" Tennessee is interested in free agent Rishard Matthews.

Albeit not quite a "report" from Kuharsky, it's the first indication of known NFL team interest in Matthews since the legal tampering period began. In a very weak free agent year for wide receivers, 26-year-old Matthews is a top-five talent.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 8 - 8:36 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are unlikely to meet free agent Rishard Matthews' asking price.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins have "told people there’s a good chance" Matthews is commanding more than they can "comfortably offer." Matthews is near the top of a thin free agent class. Even if his price ends up modest, the Dolphins probably already have too many resources tied up in the receiver position.
Mar 3 - 11:54 PM

Free agent Rishard Matthews says he's open to re-signing with the Dolphins, but that he doesn't want to be "looked at as anything less than a (No. 2 receiver)."

Matthews will be hitting the open market if he's intent on getting paid like a No. 2 receiver, but it's smart of him not to burn his Dolphins bridge in case things don't go according to plan in free agency. With the market typically thin, Matthews might actually find the offer he's looking for, but it's not outside the realm of possibility he ends up back in Miami as a No. 3/4 type. Matthews would be firmly behind DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry on the depth chart.
Mar 1 - 2:49 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports impending free agent WR Rishard Matthews is unlikely to re-sign with the Dolphins.

There were reports the Dolphins reached out to Matthews, but it made little sense for Miami to bring him back with DeVante Parker waiting in the wings. Getlin reports Matthews should find a "hot" market when he hits free agency. Matthews is an underrated receiver who had a solid season on a dysfunctional offense. He should get a nice payday in a disappointing market.
Feb 23 - 1:05 PM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley reports the Dolphins have reached out to free agent Rishard Matthews about a new contract that would keep him in Miami.

The thought has been Matthews won't be back Miami after it traded for Kenny Stills prior to last year's draft and then selected DeVante Parker in the first round to team up with Jarvis Landry. But Matthews emerged as the No. 2 receiver and had a career season with a 43-662-4 line across 11 games. It's possible new coach Adam Gase really likes Matthews. Matthews would be wise to test the market with the free-agent class being so weak behind Alshon Jeffery.
Feb 19 - 9:53 AM

The Palm Beach Post believes impending free agent WR Rishard Matthews will not be back with the Dolphins next season.

After clamoring for more snaps his entire stay in Miami, Matthews finally got them in 2015, and he made the most of the work. Matthews posted career-highs in catches (43), yards (662) and touchdowns (4) while only playing in 11 games. Despite the nice year, Miami already has their future at the position with Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and the Dolphins have big needs to fill all over the depth chart. Matthews should have no trouble finding a new home in free agency.
Feb 4 - 10:34 AM

Dolphins placed WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) on injured reserve.

It opens a roster spot with Matthews out for the season finale. Matthews was having a solid contract year before going down in Week 12, posting a 43/662/4 line on 59 targets. With DeVante Parker expected to open next year in the No. 2 role and Kenny Stills/Greg Jennings signed through 2016, Matthews is unlikely to be back in Miami.
Jan 2 - 2:35 PM

Rishard Matthews (ribs, questionable) does not expect to play in Week 17.

Matthews participated in practice this week, but was limited each day and has been unable to fully overcome his multiple cracked ribs. DeVante Parker will start the Dolphins' season finale against New England.
Jan 1 - 2:33 PM

Rishard Matthews is again inactive for Week 16 against the Colts.

It became clear Matthews was in danger of missing Sunday's game when Matthews was downgraded to "limited" in Friday's practice, after full practices on Wednesday and Thursday. DeVante Parker will make another start. The rest of Miami's inactives are C Mike Pouncey, QB Logan Thomas, CB Jamar Taylor, OG Shelley Smith, OT Ja'Wuan James, and DT Earl Mitchell.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Matt Cassel
3Alex Tanney
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3Dexter McCluster
4Antonio Andrews
5David Cobb
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2DeMarco Murray
FB1Jalston Fowler
2Sam Bergen
WR11Kendall Wright
2Tajae Sharpe
3Harry Douglas
4Andrew Turzilli
5Ben Roberts
WR21Rishard Matthews
2Dorial Green-Beckham
3Justin Hunter
4Tre McBride
WR31Dorial Green-Beckham
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Anthony Fasano
4Phillip Supernaw
5Jerome Cunningham
LT1Taylor Lewan
2William Poehls
3Tyler Marz
LG1Quinton Spain
2Jeremiah Poutasi
3Josue Matias
C1Ben Jones
2Brian Schwenke
3Andy Gallik
RG1Chance Warmack
2Sebastian Tretola
RT1Jack Conklin
2Byron Bell
3Sam Carlson
K1Ryan Succop
2Aldrick Rosas